Alexandre Bonnie's 2009 really impressed the J&B team. It is the result of 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc, and 2% Petit Verdot. Yields were low in 2009, just 32hl/ha, but the quality is outstanding. The bouquet is really perfumed, with heady notes blueberries, liquorice, damp earth and super ripe black fruits. There is lovely density here with clear unbridled griotte cherries, loganberries and a touch of spice. This possesses a wonderfully velvety texture with wave after wave of delicious fruit and really fine grained tannins. By 2009 levels, this has a relatively low alcohol level of 13.5%.
Malartic Lagraviere is a Cru Classé, located in the appellation of Pessac-Léognan.
The region has one first growth, Château Haut-Brion, whilst other renowned Chateaux currently doing well are La Mission-Haut-Brion, Pape-Clément, Smith-Haut-Lafitte and Haut-Bailly. Soils are gravely and well-drained and the plantations are similar in proportion to those of the Médoc, consisting mostly of Cabernet Sauvignon with some Merlot and Cabernet Franc. The region is also well known for its long-lived whites that can be varying blends of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon oaked or unoaked. The most lauded are Domaine de Chevalier, Haut-Brion, Pape-Clement, De Fieuzal, and Laville-Haut-Brion.